The festive period tends to be very busy, with many deadlines to be met which sometimes puts the safety of your data at risk. When under pressure it is easy to forget certain procedures, some of which may be extremely important in guarding against a possible disaster. Sending a hard disk drive or other storage device for data recovery would be an unwelcome distraction.
Mistakes or not noticing warning or messages is more likely to occur when the pressure is on. The phrase “less haste more speed” is very appropriate, especially when any modifications need to be made to your storage space. Attempting to speed things up by taking short cuts or not taking the correct safety precautions could lead to more wasted time or even loss of data.
If a mistake is made, it is important not to panic and make an ill-advised attempt to rectify the situation. It is best to seek professional advice from a data recovery company who can give guidance on the best course of action.
Assuming nothing untoward occurs in the run up to Christmas, the safety of your data is still of great concern, as the holiday period is when errors can go unnoticed, and serious damage can occur. The decision on whether to leave computers running is important, and any which are required to be operational should have adequate backups, just in-case a disaster occurs.
Computers which are turned off are not immune to possible problems when turned back on, as this is when bearing problems are most likely to become apparent. This is usually audible either as a high pitched squeak or scraping noise, which should be addressed as a failure could result in your computer overheating, which puts the hard disk drive at risk.